RARE AMER­I­CAN SPECIES

Bird Watching (UK) - - February Id Challenge -

We have a num­ber of reg­u­lar and ex­pected gulls. But when check­ing through flocks of gulls, the prize is one of the rarer species. North Amer­ica pro­vides us with the darker-backed, hooded Franklin’s and its larger cousin the Laugh­ing Gull, plus the small, Black-headed Gull equiv­a­lent, the Bon­a­parte’s Gull. Also, there is the Ring-billed Gull, which is like a large Com­mon Gull or small Her­ring. For the real en­thu­si­ast, the Amer­i­can Her­ring Gull has now been of­fi­cially split from our Her­ring Gull. Study the field­guides and the in­ter­net gal­leries, learn and find your own!

First-win­ter Bon­a­parte’s Gull

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